For most people when you say the name George Washington, a presidential figure comes to mind. But in Centralia, Washington, that name belongs to a different founding father.
Lifelong resident Carrie Aadland says in Centralia, people refer to him as “our George Washington.”
“We’re excited to celebrate his character and his faith,” said Aadland of the town’s founder. “But of course, what rivets you is he was black and founded a white town.”
George Washington was one of few African-American pioneers who migrated from the south to the Pacific Northwest.